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September 2nd, 2020

Creek girls and Creek boys 4th at Anamosa August XC meet

Haidyn and Brandon Barker lead the way for CCA

ANAMOSA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls and boys cross country teams both finished fourth Saturday, Aug. 29, in a season-opening meet in Anamosa.
Haidyn Barker, a sophomore, was sixth overall in the varsity race, and the first Clipper across the finish line while big brother Brandon, a senior, won the varsity boys race in 16:32.5.
Mid-Praire won both varsity contests with Muscatine (boys) and Williamsburg (girls) the runner-ups. CCA rival Solon was third in both races.

Creek Boys come up one point short against Panthers

Mount Pleasant edges past CCA 28-27 in season opener

MOUNT PLEASANT– In a week that saw the start of classes with half the time spent in the classroom and half the time spent online (and a day of 100 percent online learning), and with the prospect of no student section for home games, there was a glimpse of normalcy for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School.
As Andy Griffith said in 1953, “What it was, was football.”
The Clippers opened the 2020 season with a non-district contest in Mount Pleasant and came up just a little bit short of victory as the Panthers won, 28-27.

City assessing derecho-damaged trees in right of ways

NORTH LIBERTY– Starting Monday, Aug. 31, city staff began surveying mature trees in the right-of-ways in North Liberty’s the original section of town, and marking trees that require branches trimmed or to be completely removed. The staff will identify any hazards so that a tree contractor can be hired to do this work. Staff will attempt to make contact with the property owner.
Trees will be market with temporary paint. Trees identified for branch trimming will be marked with a circle. Trees identified for complete removal will be marked with a cross.

Next steps towards more social justice and racial equity

NORTH LIBERTY– Following conversations among staff with council and throughout the community on social justice and racial equity, the North Liberty City Council discussed next steps at its Aug. 25 meeting. This list was initially included for discussion at the council’s meeting on July 29, and updated with current status is not all-inclusive of actions or possible actions and staff anticipate additional items following City Council discussion, feedback from the community, and further strategy sessions.
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Sharing his passion

New location allows Jewelry by Harold to offer classes, and keep the craft alive in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– The making of fine jewelry is both a time-honored craft and an exacting art form.
For Harold Van Beek, owner of Jewelry by Harold in North Liberty, it is also a passion he wishes to share with others.
Van Beek, a native of The Netherlands, came to the United States in 2005 after visiting Iowa City since the late 1970s to spend time with friends of his family. “I’m ‘Harold,’ I’m named for someone in Iowa City, and so are my siblings. My son (Laurens) is named after someone in Iowa. So yeah, it’s been quite an adventure.”

All virtual, and a hiatus for fall sports

ICCSD receives waiver allowing two weeks of online education to start the school year

IOWA CITY¬– The “Friday Night Lights” will be turned off for at least two weeks for Liberty High, Iowa City West High and City High after the Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) Board of Education approved beginning the 2020-2021 school year with 100 percent online instruction.

Business as usual, for now

CCA board approves application for online education waiver, if needed

OXFORD– It is business as usual, or at least as close to “usual” as possible, in the era of the COVID-19 virus for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District– for now.
The CCA Board of Directors met in a special session Friday, Aug. 28, to approve a request by Superintendent Tim Kuehl for the authority to submit an application with the state to move to 100 percent online, virtual learning if it becomes necessary.

August 21st

Solon school start moved to Monday, Aug. 31

SOLON– The loss of power has set the Solon school district back a week.
Classes for the Solon Community School District (SCSD) will now begin Monday, Aug. 31, with a modified schedule, according to an announcement posted to the district’s website by Director of Teaching and Learning Josh Lyons.

A big change for Clipper cross country this year

2020 CCA high school cross country preview

TIFFIN– In 2015, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School cross country program split with then-assistant coach Ben Robison taking the helm of the boys program, while head coach Jane Astor led the girls teams.
Now, everything old is new again as the programs have recombined with Robison leading the way for both the boys’ and girls’ programs.
Robison, in his 12th year of coaching at CCA, has Megan Miller and Paige O’Brien as assistant coaches, and the legendary Jim White as an assistant and the program’s mental performance coach.

Clipper football focuses on the present ahead of an uncertain season

2020 Clear Creek Amana varsity football preview

TIFFIN– Student athletes, their families and coaches watched as the 2020 spring sports season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
They held a collective breath as summer baseball and softball were allowed to proceed, albeit in a shortened season, which did see some teams benched due to positive infection testing.
With the green light from the state and the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), there will be a 2020 high school football season. As with the summer sports however, it will look a little different.